Summary: A Career As A Career Nursing Assistant

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According to the U.S Census Bureau, Population Estimates and Projections, the nation’s elderly population aged over 65 is expected to increase from 46.2 million in 2014 to 98.2 million in 2060 (Colby and Ortman, 2015). When the number of elderly persons increases, there will be more long-term care residents (Fox-Rose, 2000). This increase will require many caregivers in long term care facilities (Tak, Sweeney, Alterman, Baron, & Calvert, 2010). Between 2010 and 2020, the employment of nursing aides is expected to grow by 20%. This increase is larger than the average (14%) for all occupations (U.S Department of Labor [USDOL], Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS], Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012). At present, certified nursing assistants (CNA’s) provide 80-90% of the direct care for the elderly who reside in long term care facilities (National Network of Career Nursing Assistants, 2017; Weiner…show more content…
The written competency test is comprised of multiple-choice questions; each question has four choices and the number of questions varies from state to state. OBRA requires every state to establish maintain a nursing assistant registry and this registry holds information about the people who have successfully completed the certification. This includes information about the person’s full name, last known home address, registration number and the date it expires, date of birth, last known employer, date hired, date employment ended, date the competency evaluation was passed, and any information about abuse, neglect, or dishonest use of property (Sorrentino, 2008). After successfully completing the training program, the title will be given based on the respective state. Certified nursing assistant (CNA), certified nurse aide (CNA), licensed nursing assistant (LNA), and registered nurse aide (RNA) are some of the most common names used by different states (Sorrentino,
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